Australia’s cricketers have finally managed to get one over on England, but the only shame for them is that it wasn’t on a cricket pitch.
Former Australia cricketer Damien Martyn, Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait gained victory over current England internationals Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and James Anderson - when they took part in the Jaguar challenge.
Jaguar are the Official Vehicle Supplier to the England team, and the event took place at their testing track in Gaydon in the West Midlands, with the theme of the Ashes the reason behind the teams taking part.
The task for both teams was to see who could drive the Jaguar XFR-S around a series of obstacles in quicker time, with penalties adding on to the time for every obstacle being hit.
Among the challenges were slalom, breaking at speed and timed manoeuvres, and had it not been for Anderson hitting two cones, the Ashes hosts would have taken bragging rights on the track as well as the cricket pitch.
Despite the loss, Bell was pleased to have the chance to drive the Jaguar.
He said: “It’s disappointing to lose, but it was good fun.
“Jaguar’s a great car, and to get out there and drive it was a good experience.”
The Australians have not had much reason for celebration so far this summer, after losing the first two matches of the series, with the third starting at Old Trafford on August 1.
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